Mariners boss ready for North Shields “quality”

By Daniel Prince

South Shields manager Jon King has insisted his side have got what it takes to beat high-flying North Shields tomorrow.

The Mariners, who are unbeaten in eight league games, will face the side which has scored the most goals and conceded the fewest in Division Two this season at their Daren Persson Stadium home.

North Shields sit second in the division ahead of the derby, and King is expecting a tough test against “quality” opposition.

He said: “They have started the season flying. They are scoring lots of goals and not conceding many, so it is going to be a real, real test.

“It is a derby game and there will be a good crowd there. They have got good players and (Graham) Fenton has done a good job there.

“I know we will get chances, though. We are definitely doing a lot better than we were and not conceding many goals.

“We need to take our chances and be more clinical in front of goal and that will make the team more relaxed.”

On the standard of the Northern League as a whole, as well as the strength of North Shields, King added: “In the Northern League nobody ever gives up.

“The quality is not as good as the First Division, but teams have got a never say die attitude which is normally the case in derbies as well.

“I expect they will have a lot more quality than some of the sides we have played this season.

“To go and beat one of the best teams in the league in their own back yard would be fantastic.”